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Soap Opera Digest|August 17, 2020
JACKLYN ZEMAN (Bobbie) Looks Back On Her Most Powerful GH Stories
Mara Levinsky

BOBBIE TRIES TO BREAK UP SCOTTY AND LAURA, 1977-79

What is your take on why Bobbie scheming to win Scotty away from Laura was such a huge hit? “That was a brilliant story. Kin [Shriner, Scott] loved that story and Genie [Francis, Laura] really loved that story because it was real! It was as real as what happens in real life. Boy meets girl, boy has feelings for girl, they start to have a romance and another woman comes along and tries to break it up. For Bobbie to come on with the kind of agenda and initiative to say, ‘If I want it, I have to go after it and get it for myself, and he’s the one I want’ was a very alpha way of behaving in those days. It was such a pleasure to play because we honestly didn’t even have to prepare as actors, all we had to do was [channel] the passion and the love and the attraction and the chemistry and all that stuff. It was all character-driven. It was about learning who you are and finding your way and the choices that you had made to get there. That’s why the ratings went crazy through the roof. Fans loved that story. We had great soap careers because we were given the material to let us shine. Wow.”

Is there a part of the story that stands out particularly vividly for you?

“I remember being at Scotty’s place. Scotty was passed out and Laura was ringing the bell and Bobbie knew it was Laura so she opened up her blouse and messed up her hair and when Laura saw Bobbie there and Scotty passed out she assumed that they’d had sex, which is what Bobbie wanted. Laura got very upset and went off in her car and got in an accident. It was really high stakes. That’s a perfect example of, ‘Choose carefully what you do because there are consequences.’ Bobbie was never an evil person; she was just misguided. That was a turning point where Bobbie said, ‘No, I’m not going to be that person. I need to straighten up.’ ”

Of course, a key part of that story was when Bobbie called up her brother for help with her scheme. Enter Luke. “Tony [Geary, ex-Luke] is such a wonderful actor. Bobbie, at that point, was wanting to get her way and wanting to enlist Luke to help her get it. The interesting part of the dynamic to Bobbie and Luke’s relationship was always that we were so opposite in how we dealt with our dysfunctional, nonexistent family, but it seemed to work. And both of our characters lasted for decades.”

BOBBIE MARRIES ABUSIVE D.L. BROCK, 1983-85

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